Mets Look to Go Up 3-0 at Wrigley

As the NLCS heads to Wrigley Field in Chicago, the Mets will look to grab a 3-0 stranglehold in the series vs the Cubs. They’ll be in a great position to do so, sending Jacob deGrom to the hill who will hope to build upon his already impressive postseason resume. In two starts in the NLDS vs the Dodgers, deGrom allowed just two runs in 13 innings pitched while striking out 20 batters. He was slightly roughed up, however, in his one start vs the Cubs this season, allowing three runs and seven hits while only registering two strikeouts in an early July loss.

Countering for the Cubs is Kyle Hendricks, who lasted only 4.2 innings in the Cubs’ NLDS Game 2 win vs the Cardinals last week. He allowed three runs in the game, all coming off solo home runs, but the 25-year-old has a strong track record vs the Mets, limiting them to a career .140 batting average in 43 combined at bats.

The Cubs and Hendricks will be happy to see a change of scenery. Hendricks’ ERA was more than a full run lower at home this season, while the Cubs are undefeated at home so far during the postseason, hitting nine home runs in the two games at Wrigley.

Teams who jump out to a 2-0 lead in LCS’ have won 22 of 25 series since the best-of-seven format began.

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Dickey Has Been Excelling At Home

The Toronto Blue Jays will send R.A. Dickey to the mound for Game 4 of the ALCS against the Kansas City Royals, in hopes that the knuckleballer can keep his impressive streak at the Rogers Centre intact. The former Cy Young winner has posted a 6-0 record with a 1.94 ERA in eight home games since the All-Star Break.

The Royals will send veteran Chris Young to the bump opposite Dickey. Young has quietly been excelling in the past few months in appearances that have mostly come from the bullpen. The Princeton alum has started his past two games while only allowing one earned run across 11.1 innings.

The Blue Jays finally snapped out of their offensive slump when they tallied 11 runs in Game 3, the first time the team has scored double-digit runs this postseason. Notably Troy Tulowitzki broke out of his slump this postseason with three RBIs and a go-ahead home run in the third inning.

The Royals did everything right offensively except for plating runs in Game 3. They tallied 15 hits and only struck out twice and aside from a late four-run ninth inning, only scored four runs. 

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Blue Jays Have Been Great At Home

The Toronto Blue Jays have a lot of history to buck if they want to come back and win the American League Championship Series against the Kansas City Royals, but luckily for the Jays they were stellar at home this season. Toronto's 53-28 home record was tied for the best in the American League during the regular season.

Of the past 25 teams to go down 2-0 in the Championship Series, only three have come back to make it to the World Series (‘04 Red Sox, ‘85 Cardinals, ‘85 Royals). When you look at best-of-seven series all-time, the teams that have won the first two games have a 62-13 series record.

The Blue Jays, whose offense carried them through the year, has only scored three runs in the series so far. Only once in the second half of the season did the Jays score three runs or less over a two games span. Marcus Stroman, who has only allowed 10 earned runs in his six starts this year, will get the start for the Jays in Game 3.

The Royals are starting to turn it on after a shaky start in the ALDS round, winning their past four games by a combined score of 27-11. The Royals will send Johnny Cueto to the bump, with the one-time all-star finding his form again in his last outing. In his two starts this postseason, Cueto has posted a 3.86 ERA but has allowed two home runs, which could cause problems in the hitter friendly park that is Rogers Centre.

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Arrieta Aims to Extend Supremacy vs Mets

At this point it has almost become clichéd, but the Chicago Cubs have still yet to lose a start when Jake Arrieta starts since July 25. Arrieta will face off against the New York Mets Sunday, a team he had great success against this season, with the Cubs trying to even up the NLDS 1-1.

Arrieta is coming off his worst start in recent memory with the near unhittable ace allowing four earned runs, something he had not done since June 15. The Cy Young candidate has taken to the rubber twice this season against the Mets posting a 2-0 record with a 1.13 ERA, though both of those games came in the first half of the season when New York was a much different team then they are now.

The Mets will start rookie hurler Noah Syndergaard opposite Arrieta. ‘Thor,’ as Sundergaard is called, is coming off his first relief experience of his career Thursday when he threw 12 of his 13 fastballs at 99 mile per hour or higher. Syndergaard has only faced the Cubs once in his career, but he was beaten up more than usual as he allowed three earned runs and six hits through 5.1 innings. 

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Cubs vs Mets - NLCS Game 1 Odds

The New York Mets will need to overcome some troubling demons if they want to make it past the Chicago Cubs to the World Series. The Mets have lost all seven of their meetings with the Cubs this season, with New York being outscored 27-11 in those games.

The Cubs will send Jon Lester to the mound in Game 1, despite Jake Arrieta having enough rest to go. Lester has faced off against the Mets twice this season with the leftie throwing 13.0 innings while allowing only 10 hits and three earned runs.

The Mets struggled to form any offense against the Cubs this season with only two batters registering multiple hits through those seven games. However, all seven of those games came during the first half of the season. In the first half of the season the Mets averaged 3.5 runs per game, but jumped to 5.1 runs in the second half.

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Can Price Put Playoff Demons to Rest?

The Toronto Blue Jays hope that their regular season ace can help even out the American League Championship Series with the Kansas City Royals Saturday. David Price will take to the mound in hopes to end his postseason woes where the pitcher has posted an ugly 0-6 record with a 5.23 ERA as a starter.

The Blue Jays, who are known for their big bats and longball, started their second consecutive series off slow and were shut out in Game 2 Friday. Luckily for the Jays teams that dropped the first game of the ALCS are still very much alive, as they have won 28 of 25 all-time series.

Over the past two games, the Kansas City Royals pitching has been unhittable. The team has now gone 16 innings without allowing a single run to plate, which is the record for the Royals franchise. Kansas City will start Yordano Venture who has been great at keeping the ball in the park with opponents hitting just four home runs in his past 12 starts. 

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Blue Jays vs Royals: ALCS Game 1 Odds

Edinson Volquez Kansas City Royals

In a rematch of the 1985 ALCS, the American League’s two best teams, the Blue Jays and Royals, start a seven game series tonight in Kansas City. The two teams played each other tight this season with the Jays winning the season series 4-3. The 1985 series was the only time the teams have met in the playoffs, with the Royals taking the series in seven games after coming back from a one game to three deficit. 

Edinson Volquez will take the mound for the Royals and he’ll hope for a better performance than his Game 3 loss vs the Astros in the ALDS. He last 5.2 innings and allowed three runs. He faced the Jays twice this season, with the Royals going 1-1 in those games. In his 11.1 innings against the Jays this season, he allowed three runs and had the same amount of walks as he did strikeouts, six.

Toronto will counter with Marco Estrada, the Game 3 winner in the ALDS vs the Rangers. Estrada was efficient in the game, allowing only one run off five hits in 6.1 innings pitched. Estrada was 1-1 vs the Royals this season, but had a tough outing in an early July game in Kansas City. He only allowed two runs, but the Royals were able to connect for nine hits while only striking out twice.

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ALCS and NLCS Series Prices

ALCS Kansas City

Baseball is down to its final four and sportsbooks have set odds for both series. The ALCS kicks off tonight in Kansas City, and even though the Royals have home field advantage, the Blue Jays have been tabbed as -140 favorites by Bovada to win the seven game series, with the Royals at +120.


, Take Mound in Chicago Cubs vs St. Louis Cardinals Tilt

The St. Louis Cardinals battle the visiting Chicago Cubs on Thursday in MLB betting odds action at Busch Stadium.

The St. Louis Cardinals will turn to and his 10-7 record as they look for a win in this one, while the Chicago Cubs send (11-13) to the hill.

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Mets vs Dodgers - Game 5 NLDS Odds

Jacob deGrom New York Mets

It’s winner-take-all baseball tonight in Game 5 of the NLDS between the Mets and Dodgers from Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. The Mets send Game 1 winner Jacob deGrom to the mound with hopes of a repeat performance of the series opener. deGrom pitched one of the best games in Mets postseason history, registering 13 strikeouts and allowing no runs over seven innings.

Taking the hill for the Dodgers is Game 2’s winner, Zack Greinke. The Cy Young candidate allowed two runs in seven innings pitched while striking out eight in the home start. Greinke has pitched once in an elimination scenario when he defeated the Cardinals in Game 5 of the NLCS in 2013.

Dodgers 1B Adrian Gonzalez had a rough night against deGrom in Game 1, striking out three times. He does, however, have two home runs vs deGrom in eight career at bats.

This is the 27th time in division series history that the series has gone to Game 5. The road team actually has the advantage, going 15-11 in those games.

Tonight’s winner moves on to face the Cubs in the NLDS which starts Saturday.

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